Ralph Hasenhüttl has given his reaction to the news that Southampton have accepted an offer from Aston Villa for Danny Ings.
The striker, who scored 46 goals in 100 appearances for Saints, has signed a three-year deal at Villa Park.
Ings was into the last year of his contract, with Hasenhüttl confident the money raised from the deal can be reinvested wisely into his squad.
“We had a fantastic player over a few years who helped us a lot staying in the league,” he said.
“Finally, he didn’t decide to sign a new contract for us. He’s decided to go somewhere else, which is his right, but we lose a fantastic player and person, and get a lot of money for him with only one year left.
“I think it’s a deal where we only have winners on every side. We can replace him and we must replace him to get a player who scores goals for us.
“I know that we have a few others in our team who must step up now, but it is clear that we have this money, and we need this money for maybe bringing two more players into this squad that we need.”